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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday 12 April 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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  1. Tuesday's live coverage

    Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Wednesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Film studio investigates permanent Minions sign for Minions village

    Tamsin Melville

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

    Universal Pictures - which holds rights to the Minions films - is not ruling out the installation of a permanent sign in the village of Minions on Bodmin Moor.

    The village hit the headlines when its road sign was replaced with this version (below) to celebrate the release of the film last year.  

    Minions sign

    The controversial sign was removed as it was only meant to be temporary, but some businesses complained that its removal would harm the village's status as a movie-related tourist attraction.

    Now, a mystery person has covered the sign in stickers, perhaps in a bid to attract the masses back.

    Minions sign
  3. Mother appeals for strangers to breastfeed son

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    A mother receiving medical treatment has successfully appealed for strangers to breastfeed her son. Ronja Wiedenbeck said staff at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro advised her not to feed her son while on morphine.

    Ronja Wiedenbeck

    She said: "It made me comfortable knowing Rio was fed, nourished and happy. These are breastfeeding mothers. If they had any worries about their health they would have told me." Thousands of women responded to an online appeal and five women fed 11-month-old Rio in hospital. 

  4. Latest headlines for Devon and Cornwall

    Claire Hawke

    BBC Local Live

    - The murder of a soldier outside a nightclub in a Cornish town was "simple bad luck", a trial in Truro has heard. 

    - Presenter Richard Madeley has reported two people flying a drone over his garden in Looe to the police 

    - A mother receiving medical treatment has successfully appealed for strangers to breastfeed her son

    - A paraglider has been taken to hospital with serious injuries after crashing into a cliff near Porthcurno

  5. Tunisia terror attacks: Memorial service for British victims

    An engineer from Cornwall who was killed in a terrorist attack has been remembered today at a memorial service at Westminster Abbey. 

    Prince Harry

    Stephen Mellor from Bodmin was among 38 tourists who died when a gunman opened fire in the Tunisian resort of Sousse in June last year. Mr Mellor died as he shielded his wife Cheryl on the beach.

    David Cameron and Prince Harry both read Bible passages at the service, which was conducted by the Dean of Westminster.  

  6. Weather latest: Fog patches and showers overnight

    Holly Green

    BBC Weather

    Through this evening the showers will die out, with all parts becoming dry for a time. Some fog patches may form, and showers look to return to the far west by dawn. Minimum Temperature: 3 Deg C (37 Deg F).

    Weather graphic

    It will be a chilly start to Wednesday, before we see another day of sunny spells and showers, some of which could be heavy and thundery. Maximum Temperature: 15 Deg C (59 Deg F).

  7. Nicky Reilly terror bombing story to be turned into stage play

    Plymouth Herald

    The day Plymouth nailbomber Nicky Reilly attempted to blow up the Giraffe Restaurant in Exeter eight years ago, has inspired a new theatre project.

  8. Father claims children 'trapped' by crackdown on fare dodgers

    Hamish Marshall

    BBC Spotlight

    A father has spoken of his frustration about two of children being threatened with fines for refusing to buy train tickets, saying they weren't able to purchase their fares.

    Kiah Waller, 18, and five friends face penalties because they couldn't buy tickets at Lympstone station and the train manager disappeared into the drivers cab.

    They were caught in an operation at Exmouth to catch fare dodgers. Kiah's dad believes the group was trapped and they will appeal any fines. 

  9. Human rights group raises concern about use of police Tasers

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Human rights group Amnesty International has expressed concern about the proliferation of Tasers.

    Taser training

    It follows Devon and Cornwall Police proposals to almost double the number of officers carrying Tasers from 530 to 1,000 by 2018.

    Wailim Wong, from Amnesty, said: "They have to be used properly and they have to be used in the right situations where there's a clear threat to life or a threat of injury... there was a man Tasered while he was having an epileptic fit and another one was a blind man who was Tasered because his white stick was mistaken as a sword, so it has to be in the right circumstances and police also have to have the right training."

  10. Bee petition calls on pesticide ban

    A petition, signed by nearly 4,000 people, has been handed in to Devon County Council by a "giant bee" calling for a ban on the use of pesticides.

    Environmental groups say scientific evidence of the harm neonicotinoid pesticides pose to bees is "stronger than ever", so banning their use on council-owned land would "show real leadership".

    Bee petition

    Mike Birkin, from Friends of the Earth, said: “Devon now has the opportunity to set the standard for other councils on protecting our much loved bees by protecting them from these toxic pesticides on council-owned parks, gardens and countryside.”

  11. Crematorium chapel opens in Barnstaple

    Lynne French, BBC News Online

    A large new crematorium chapel has opened in Barnstaple.

    The £1m chapel at North Devon Crematorium, seats 256 people and has a quiet room for families with small children who want to take part in a funeral service.

    North Devon Crematorium

    Councillor Simon Inch said: "The existing chapel was no longer adequate for our communities' needs, with larger services spilling out of the room, which could make an already distressing time even more stressful."

  12. Proud prepared for 'peak performance' at Olympic trials

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Plymouth Leander head coach Jon Rudd is confident British record-holder Ben Proud will produce "a peak performance" at this week's Olympic trials.

    The double Commonwealth champion, 21, competes in the 100m trial in Glasgow on Thursday and the 50m on Saturday as he looks to confirm his place in Rio this summer.

    Ben Proud

    "Physically he'll be the best shape of the season so far when we get to Glasgow," Rudd told BBC Sport. "All things being equal he'll be faster than he's been and I hope that's then good enough to secure his place."

  13. Richard Madeley chases 'peeping toms' who flew drone over Cornish garden

    Press Association

    Richard Madeley has reported to the police two "peeping Toms" who were allegedly flying a drone over his garden to spy on him. 

    The former This Morning host tweeted that he gave chase to the "creeps", locating the suspected owners in a nearby white van, before contacting his local police force in Looe. 

    He posted: "So who are the two peeping toms who just flew a drone over my garden near Looe? Chased them down to a white van ... Drove off when challenged." He continued: "Police being informed. What creeps." 

  14. Paraglider taken to hospital after crashing into Cornish cliff

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A paraglider has been rescued after crashing into a cliff near Porthcurno in West Cornwall. 

    It's believed the 27-year-old man fell to the beach, suffering back injuries and a suspected broken ankle. 

    The air ambulance and coastguard helicopter took it in turns to land on the beach and treated the man, before he was airlifted to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro.

  15. Topsham Gap golf range approved by planners despite objections

    Exeter Express & Echo

    new golf driving range, which is set to "secure the future" of Exeter's golf and country club, will tee off on the Topsham gap. City council planners gave the project a thumbs up at yesterday's planning committee.

  16. 'Giant bee' hands in pesticide petition

    Lynne French, BBC News Online

    A petition calling on Devon County Council to ban the use of pesticides has been handed in by a "giant bee".

    Bees

    Organised jointly by Friends of the Earth, Devon Wildlife Trust, Devon Women's Institute and Buglife South West, the petition urges the council to ban neonicotinoid pesticides on council-owned land.